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Banded Tiger Moth (Apantesis vittata)

The banded tiger moth is an Erebidae moth found in the United States. Their bright colors help them ward off predators by signaling that they might have a bitter taste.

Banded Tiger Moth


Scientific Classification

  • Family: Erebidae
  • Genus: Apantesis
  • Scientific Name: Apantesis vittata

Description and Identification


Larvae feed on various herbs, including dandelions.


Pupation takes place in cocoons made out of larval setae.

Adult Moth

Sexual Dimorphism: Present but not prominent.

Color and Appearance

Forewing: When the wings are open, they are black with cream-colored markings. When the wings are closed, the colors remain visible.

Hindwing: When the wings are open, they are red with a black border. When the wings are closed, the red color can still be seen from beneath the forewings.

Average wingspan: 32–42 mm

Flight pattern: Erratic

Season: March to October

Apantesis vittata



Eggs are laid close to a host plant.

Quick Facts

DistributionUnited States, ranging from Florida to Maryland
HabitatNear fields and lawns
Lifespan of Adults5-10 days
Host PlantsHerbs, including dandelions
Adult DietDoes not feed

Did You Know

  • American entomologist Johan Christian Fabricius first described this moth in 1787.
Banded Tiger Moth Image


Banded Tiger Moth Picture


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